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The Collectors Newsletter #929--June 8th, 2013
The Collectors Newsletter #929--June 8th, 2013
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1. Recently Uploaded Sale Items
3. This Week's Stories
4. This Week's Antique News
5. Your Classifieds
6. Newly listed items
7. Funny Old Stuff
8. Wanted ads. Can you help?
9. A Vintage Recipe
10. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
11. New On line Merchants
12. Helpful Resources For Collectors
1.Check out today's Antiques & Collectibles sales event at TIAS.com
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3. This Week's Stories
Every week we post stories and comments from our readers. Send your story to phil@Bignews.biz and I'll publish it in an upcoming newsletter. Did you know that you don't have to have a facebook account to use the links to see the various photos that we mention below? Just copy and paste the link into your browser. However, if you do have a facebook account please "Like" us!
Editor's note -- We have been told that some of your emails have not been getting through to me over the past few weeks. If you have not heard back from us after sending an email, please resend your email to email@example.com .
Also, check out our facebook page for some interesting updates. Here's the link:
If you have photos of items you would like to share you can post them there as well.
For next week's issue: What do you do if you are browsing in an antique shop, or even online, and you come across someone who is selling counterfeit, or reproduction, items, but they have them identified as originals, and are asking prices that correlate to an original item? Has this ever happened to you? How did you handle it? If it hasn't happened to you, how would you handle it? Send an email with your response to Phil@BigNews.biz Your feedback helps us to keep the newsletter interesting :)
And thanks to those of you who have been responding! We really enjoy the feedback!
Last week we asked: What do you do if your grandmother has something near and dear to her heart and she tells you that when she dies she is going to leave it to you so that you can proudly display it in your home. Problem is, you absolutley hate it. A year later grandma has passed away and you are stuck with this item that you don't want. What if it's too big to be tucked away? What if it's her little dog that she had stuffed when it died? Do you get rid of it? Do you feel guilty if you do get rid of it? Do you display it in a room that is hardly used? Do you display it and everytime someone walks in, do you explain that you don't like it but you feel you owe it to grandma to display it because she loved it so? Has this ever happened to you? Even if it hasn't, what would you do?
Evelyn R. said: "If it is from your grandmother keep it forever. I am 83 years old and spent last night up and down dreaming about a cookie jar my Grandmother gave me. What did I do with it. I know I liked it but it is haunting me that I don’t know where it is?"
Mari C. said: "Hello, You asked about being given something by a family member from their estate. In my case, it was my Mother. From the time I was six-years-old until I left home, one of my chores was to do the weekly dusting. That included her miniature figurines. I detested those small things no matter how much she loved them and would rearrange them. One year before she died, she brought them to me with the words, "I know you'll keep them safe for me." That was forty-five years ago. Yes, I still have them. Some are on my antique dresser in the guest room and the rest are safely in an attorney's cabinet. My daughter will have to worry about them, but I will not "gift" her with them.
Love your news letter."
If you have a story to share with our readers, please email it to phil@Bignews.biz and we will include it in an upcoming issue.
In a recent newsletter we asked how you felt about the following example: A popular hunting magazine ran an article written by a gun collector. He was so proud of himself for buying a shotgun from a elderly man who was closing out his home and having an estate sale. While asking $100.00 on a particular shotgun the buyer talked the elderly man down to $50.00. The buyer proudly stated how the gun was later sold for $150,000.00 and he was not in the least bit concerned with "taking" the elderly man for all it was worth. If the buyer had offered the elderly man $1000.00, 10 times the amount he was asking, do you think that would have been fair? Is it the buyer's responsibility to "come clean" or is it the seller's responsibility to do the proper research before selling an item?
Here's a response that we received recently:
"Hello, I work for a non-profit in their shop selling new items. From time to time, one volunteer will find a gently used item she brings in and tags on the night she works. Two nights after she brought in 3 pairs of earrings – all “80’s style costume”, all marked at $25 each - I sold the first pair and put out the other 2 pair. I noted that the third pair was a heavy pair of doorknockers with sprew marks, were beautifully finished inside and were also marked 14KT on the clip. They had a gorgeous yellow gold color that costume doesn’t usually have. I was about to buy them, but instead asked the lead volunteer that night if I could take them to the jeweler to be appraised. She said yes. I found out that the jeweler would give me $380 on the spot based solely on gold weight and if they were to put them in their vintage showcase they would mark them up double. Whew! I quickly called the volunteer who brought them in and told her of my findings. She said she was sure they were costume and now understandably wanted them back. Of course, I am holding them for her. It simply occurred to me that we should all know what we are donating and never simply take something out of our jewelry box on our way to volunteering. Items should always go to the Chair for evaluation and pricing first. This is also true for our secondhand for profit shops, which I have also owned. This volunteer had brought these items in after losing her mother 3 months ago and made a simple mistake that she couldn’t really afford to make – financially or emotionally. Thanks for remembering me after years and years – I enjoy your newsletter. Jane Y."
In another newsletter we asked about curbside finds, and what you did with them. In response to that we received the following note:
"Hi Phil, I know I'm a bit behind on this one but finally had the time to reply to the question of finding something of value at curbside. Several years ago (20 to be exact), we lived on a cul-de-sac in a very nice neighborhood. Our house was at the bottom of the hill and we had to pass everyone else's house to get to ours. On my way home one day, I saw a neighbor working in his yard among things that appeared to be for a garage sale. There were two raggedy but solid chairs that were just my style. The arms and legs had beautiful carvings but the upholstery was truly a sad sight. I asked him what he was going to do with them and he announced that the chairs were going to the dump as his wife would not let him have them even in the garage anymore. They had belonged to his mother and at that time she was in her late 80's. I couldn't bear to see them thrown out so he said if I wanted them I could have them. I loaded them into my van and immediately thought of how gorgeous they would be.. covered in deep blue velvet and added to my dining room. I did follow through with that plan and enjoyed them for 20 years, thinking of my neighbors every time I looked at the chairs. Recently, we decided to change our decor and even though I couldn't bear to part with the chairs, I knew they just would not fit in anymore. I decided to call our former neighbors to see if by chance they wanted them back. The wife remembered how beautiful they looked after I'd had them reupholstered. They decided that since each of their daughters had gotten married and had homes of their own, they would give one to each and then they would have something special that belonged to their grandmother who had since passed away. Even though they would not put a price on them when they offered them to me 20 years ago, they held precious value to me in their beauty, and even more so knowing I was able to return the chairs to them in the end. They were delighted that I had called them! Enjoy reading the Newsletter! Myra, from Oregon"
If you have an opinion, or a story, in reference to any of the above topics, we'd love to hear from you! Please send it to: Phil@BigNews.biz and maybe we will run it in an upcoming newsletter.
A request for identification:
"Phil, have you ever seen a cookie jar like this? I broke the head years ago. The red bow extends onto the head top piece. there are no identifying marks on the body. a small sticker tag says made in Taiwan.
thanks, Carol M" You can see a photo of the bottom half of Carol's cookie jar here:
Next request for identification help:
"Hello.... I am trying to identify the style/shape and pattern name of this wine glass / goblet and am struggling to find anything.... Hoping possibly you might be able to be of assistance?
Any information you may have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance! Jamie" You can see a photo of Jamie's wine glass by copying and pasting this link into your browser:
Do you have an item in your collection that you need help identifying or just would like to share with our readers? Drop me an email with a photo attached and we'll include it in our newsletter and on our Facebook page. Send them to me at phil@Bignews.biz
We have even more interesting items that need to be identified. They will be posted in our next newsletter and on facebook within the upcoming weeks.
4. This week's Antique News
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1. Skinner to Host Auction of American Indian & Tribal Art in Marlborough
2. Items from a disbanded police department in Pennsylvania will be auctioned June 15th
3. THE DAVID FORE COLLECTION -1839 Rupee Breaks World Record
4. GROGAN & COMPANY CELEBRATES TWENTY-FIVE YEARS
5. 21st Antiques in the Church Yard
6. Skinner Hosts Auction of 20th Century Design in Boston
7. Rare Antique Tibetan Headdresses to be offered at the June 30 Wovensouls Auction
8. Art From Ancient Civilizations join Natural History Treasures in Antiquities Saleroom’s June 13-14 Auction
9. St. Louis Antique Festival
10. XCNTRIC Chicago Estate Sale Liquidators Chicago Area Oak Lawn Estate Sale June 6-8, 2013
11. Skinner Auction to Feature Rare Jewels by Marcus & Co.
12. Celebrate Dads & Grads - Sunday, June 16 at the Long Beach Flea Market
13. Vintage 1950s brass floor lamp by Gino Sarfatti (1912-1984) fetches $15,930 at Nadeau's on May 11
14. Famous Bob Tullius/Group 44 Jaguar XJR-4 Trans-Am/IMSA GTO Racing Car to Headline in Monterey
15. Petroliana and automobilia will be featured at Matthews Auctions' June 22 Check the Oil auction
16. ASTOUNDING PRICES ON WORKS BY LEROY NEIMAN AND IMPRESSIVE PRICES ON ETHNOGRAPHIC AND FINE JEWELRY
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news about antiques & collectibles now at:
5, Your Classifieds...
Time Was Antiques English Royalty Items Specialists
Time Was Antiques English Royalty Items Specialists
Several New Listings at Dinnerware Replacements
Do you have antiques or collectibles you are just itching to sell? A simple classified ad in this newsletter might just be your answer. Over 16,000 readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able to help you out. Place your ad today at:
Want to know what our advertisers think? Check out the testimonials at:
6. Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Saturday June 8th, 2013. Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
7, Funny Old Stuff
This is our humor section. These are humorous family stories and comments that are sent in by readers. If you have a submission you would like to share, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in an upcoming issue.
"Hi Phil, Great job on publishing the collectors newsletter - some entertaining stories & always interesting sites. Thanks for providing a superb service to all antique lovers. Here's a Christmas story that comes to mind that you might include in the Funny Old Stuff section. My mother's retired neighbor, Janet, served her career as a registered nurse. One holiday season while visiting with mom & friends back east, Janet shared a story of working in the hospital one Christmas, where the nurses had the children in one of the sick wards, draw the nativity scene. One young fellow, about five or six at the time, had the main characters, baby Jesus, Joseph, Mary, some wise men as well as some of the animals drawn around the manger. Off to one side was a large round circle drawn with a smiling face. When the nurse asked the young boy who that figure was, he responded - "that's round John virgin." Keep up the good work :D Cheers Steve S. "
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? These stories can bring a smile to someone's face and in this day and age, can't we all use a smile? Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to email@example.com and we may publish it here.
8. Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help someone out?
WANTED: Woman's Home Companion - December 1914
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over 16,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to:
9. A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our vintage recipe archive online at:
Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
Last week Lynn Z. asked: "Does anyone have a great recipe for those rainbow colored little cakes (cookies?) that had chocolate on the top and bottom and then red, yellow and green layers in the middle, and jelly or jam between the layers as well? Sorry, I don't know what they're called."
We received so many responses! Thank you to all who replied!
Here's a recipe that we received from Jaci B. (Carrollton, VA)
3 sticks butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
6 large eggs
12 oz almond paste, grated
1 tbsp pure almond extract
3 cups AP flour, sifted
3 tsp baking powder
red, green and yellow coloring gels or liquid coloring
1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
1/4 cup apricot preserves
1 cup heavy cream
12 oz semisweet chocolate (I used chocolate chips)
Grease three 9-inch cake pans and line with a round of parchment paper
on the bottom.
In the base of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until
fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs and continue to beat for 3 more
minutes. Add the grated almond paste and almond extract and beat until
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder then
slowly add to the almond paste batter and mix until combined.
Separate the mixture evenly into three bowls. Dye each bowl a
different shade (one green, one yellow, one red).
Pour each color of the mixture into individual pans making sure to
smooth out the top. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20-25
minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out
clean. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before
inverting onto a cooling rack. Remove the parchment paper and let cool
While the cake is cooling, prepare the ganache by heating 1 cup of
heavy cream in a small saucepan just until bubbles start to form
around the edge. Turn off the heat and pour over the chocolate in a
large bowl. Stir continuously until melted completely and smooth. Let
cool to room temperature.
Start with the pink layer of the cake and spread with the raspberry
jam until it nearly reaches the edges of the cake. Top with the yellow
cake. Spread this with the apricot preserves. Top with the final green
Use a spoon to pour the ganache over the cake, using an offset spatula
to even the sides and make sure the cake is completely covered. Use as
much ganache as you need. Let sit at room temperature in a cool spot
for 1-2 hours until completely set.
Note: I would substitue the ganache with chocolate butter frosting if
I were making it.
10. A vintage recipe request from a reader:
"Hello. I collect vintage cookbooks and have thousands of recipes, but one recipe eludes me. I grew up with extended family, and my great aunt used to make chicken and rice for the family. I have tried to duplicate it, but that flavor eludes me. She never followed a recipe sheet, but I have a feeling that this is an old African American recipe that was passed down over the years. Can anyone help? I will take all recipes. I grew up in the 70's in Virginia. Thanks. -Patrice J. Richmond, VA "
As with collectibles, people also have very strong feelings about foods from their past. Sometimes these special recipes get lost. This section is to help people who are looking for lost recipes from their past. If you submit a request, please include the geographical region where you tasted the recipe.
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to email@example.com and we might just publish it here.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
11. New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants that just opened a store at TIAS.com .....
BOOKS GALORE COLLECTOR RECYCLED & MORE
Welcome to our new bookstore. We have been in mail order book business since 1993 and have many satisfied customers. We specialize in collectible books on many topics. We guarantee your satisfaction with a 7-day money back guarantee.
BUYING FOR YOU
Porcelain, glassware, jewelry and much more!
Welcome to my shop on Tias.com! I have been a dealer for almost 20 years. My inventory includes porcelain, glassware, jewelry, and much more. I respond to orders quickly and accept payments by Paypal and money order with a money back guarantee!
Welcome to Southwestconnection-Memorabilia! We have been offering authentic sports autographed memorabilia online for over 10 years. Our inventory includes collectibles from MLB, NFL, NHL, Nascar & More.
AVID VINTAGE-Collectibles from the Heartland
Welcome to Avid Vintage, offering vintage collectibles from the heartland. I offer a wide assortment of ephemera, sewing patterns, housewares, and kitchen collectibles. Grab a cup of coffee, get comfy, and browse my shop. Glad you're here!
Hello People, Come on in and browse thru our inventory. We have gift items for everyone you know. Our prices make it comfortable for our customers to come back to visit our store. Make an Offer. All items are Negotiable. New items added weekly.
The Gallery doors are open, welcome! Our inventory includes glass, ceramics, bisque, advertisings, cookie jars, porcelian, and coins to name a few.
Come inside and see a Beautiful eclectic mix of Antiques, Books, Collectibles, Pottery and much more.
Welcome to ABC Antiques online store. I have been a dealer for over 30 years. My specialty areas are glassware of all kinds with an emphasis on Depression Glass and Elegant Glass, China and Dinnerware, Porcelain, Advertising and Postcards.
12. Helpful Resources:
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